How to apply for the LEAD Scholarship

This page describes how to apply for the UQ TC Beirne School of Law Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship.

Before you apply, please ensure you:

If you are eligible, you are encouraged to apply for the UQ Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) for undergraduate law programs.

Applications for both the scholarship and the scheme will open online from 3 August until 8 September 2017 via this page. In the meantime, click on 'Request more information' to receive a reminder once applications open.

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STEP 1. Complete the combined LEAD Scholarship and SAS online application form once applications open on 3 August and before 8 September 2017.

Attach/upload your personal statement/essay (of no more than two pages) to your application which addresses all of the following:

  • any educational disadvantage you have faced as a result of financial hardship, home environment and responsibilities, personal illness or disability, or educational disruption
  • personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • education and career aspirations
  • academic, service, leadership, cultural and sporting achievements
  • openness and confidence to explore new ideas and experiences
  • self-discipline and resilience
  • interest and conscientiousness in relation to leadership for social change and impact
  • a desire to contribute to the broader community
  • humour and humility
  • any additional information that will help the panel get to know you.

If you are successful, the selection committee will invite you for an interview in late September 2017.

STEP 2. Apply to study law at UQ via QTAC. Make the UQ LLB (Hons) or a UQ LLB(Hons) dual degree your first or second preference. Please also apply for QTAC's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) at the same time.

Offers to successful students will be conditional on receiving an offer of a place in a law program via QTAC. Offers are expected to be released in late December, following confirmation of results. 

The scholarship is awarded to applicants by a selection panel based on the merit of their application and an interview process. The panel will assess each student’s application with consideration to the following:

  • significant educational, social and/or financial disadvantage
  • academic achievement in Year 11 and Year 12
  • significant leadership, cultural, sporting and/or community service achievements
  • other extra-curricular activities
  • personal characteristics demonstrated in the written application including:
    • openness and confidence to explore new ideas and experiences
    • self-discipline and resilience
    • interest and conscientiousness in relation to leadership for social change and impact
    • a desire to contribute to the broader community
    • humour and humility.

Offers to successful students will be conditional on receiving an offer of a place in a law program via QTAC. Offers are expected to be released in late December, following confirmation of results. 

What does the LEAD Scholarship offer?

The LEAD Scholarship is offered annually to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds hoping to study an undergraduate law program at UQ.

In 2018, up to 17 scholarships are available.

Each scholarship offers:

  • $7000 per year for up to five years to help with living and study expenses
  • dedicated academic mentorship outside the classroom
  • a support network through non-residential membership of a UQ college
  • priority access to internships and career planning assistance.

How do I know if I am eligible for the LEAD Scholarship?

See the eligibility criteria outlined on our website. Please note that only students from non-selective Australian government schools are eligible. 

How do I know if my school is a non-selective Australian government school?

All private schools and independent schools are excluded from the definition of “non-selective Australian government schools”.
Moreover, state schools that admit students on the basis of some sort of selection criteria, usually academic (e.g. Brisbane State High, Kelvin Grove State College and the Queensland Academies), are also excluded.

If I apply for the LEAD Scholarship, do I automatically get access to the Special Admissions Scheme (SAS)?

No. Applications for the LEAD Scholarship and the SAS are assessed independently of one another.

The LEAD Scholarship application is solely focused on the award of the scholarship. However, in order to receive the scholarship, you also have to be admitted to the law school.

We strongly encourage all students applying for a LEAD Scholarship to apply for the SAS.

What is the difference between the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) and the UQ Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) for Undergraduate Law Programs? Do I need to apply for both?

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is administered through QTAC. The EAS can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies. If you are eligible for EAS, you may get bonus ranks that improve your chances of getting an offer. 

The Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) is administered by The University of Queensland. The SAS committee considers the results of your EAS assessment in determining your application for entry into law at UQ.

If you are applying for the SAS you must also apply for the EAS in order for your supporting documentation to be considered.

What constitutes significant educational, social and/or financial disadvantage?

There is no exhaustive list of what we will consider. However, you may:

  • come from a low-income family
  • live in a rural or remote area
  • have an Indigenous or refugee background
  • will be the first in your family to attend university
  • have had recent health issues
  • have experienced other setbacks (e.g. family emergency, natural disaster, etc.) that disrupted your schooling.

How do I demonstrate significant educational, social and/or financial disadvantage? Do you need any supporting documents?

You must provide supporting materials regarding any disadvantages you have faced through the QTAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) (see above for details).

The EAS categories that are relevant to the LEAD Scholarship application are:

  • Financial hardship
  • Educational disruption
  • Personal illness or disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities

You may also wish to provide context for the disadvantage in your personal statement and/or during your interview.

    What is the minimum QTAC OP Rank I need to achieve to gain entry into an undergraduate law program? Does it help if I apply for the Special Admissions Scheme (SAS)?

    The minimum rank you need to achieve, after all matters of disadvantage are taken into account through the EAS process, is 95.

    In addition to your OP/Rank, the SAS takes into account the level of disadvantage you may have experienced (as identified by your EAS application).

    If you are applying for a LEAD Scholarship, it is important that you also apply for the SAS. In recent years, regular admission into an undergraduate law program at UQ has required an OP 1 or rank of 99.

    What are the key dates I need to remember if I want to apply for the LEAD Scholarship?

    • LEAD Scholarship and SAS applications will open on 3 August and close on 8 September 2017.
    • Please also make careful note of QTAC deadlines for applications, in particular for the Educational Access Scheme.
    • Interviews for the LEAD Scholarship will take place in late September.
    • Offers to successful students will be conditional on receiving an offer of a place in a UQ law program via QTAC. Final offers are expected to be made in December following confirmation of QTAC results.

    How can I prepare a strong application for the LEAD Scholarship? What should I write in my personal statement?

    Successful candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership in their schools and/or their communities. In addition to academic excellence, LEAD scholars are committed to making a positive impact on those around them, whether through volunteerism, sport, music or other pursuits.

    Be sure to list all relevant achievements and take the time to consider how your personal statement will set you apart.

    Please also see the selection criteria outlined on this page.

    How do I prepare for a LEAD Scholarship interview?

    If you are successful in being shortlisted for an interview, it means the committee wants to learn more about you based on what you provided in your written application. Come ready to speak about your achievements and your future interests.

    There will be several people on the panel, so be sure to practice with friends, family or someone from your school beforehand. It will help you feel more at ease on the day of your interview.

    Remember that the panel is excited to meet you. We only invite students to interview who we think are excellent!

    If I receive a LEAD Scholarship can I also accept other scholarships?

    LEAD scholars may hold other equity-based scholarships concurrently, but may not hold another scholarship based solely on academic achievement. UQ Young Achievers are encouraged to apply.

    You’ll also need to check the conditions of any other scholarships for which you are applying regarding their restrictions.

    Can I apply if I’m taking a gap year? Can I defer the scholarship?

    No. Only students currently completing year 12 are eligible to apply and take up the scholarship.

    Who can I contact for further information?

    For further information, please contact the TC Beirne School of Law at tcbeirne@law.uq.edu.au